EcoStore at Drax Power Station

EcoStore at Drax Power Station

Drax Power Station

Project details

Sector Industrial

Client William Hare Limited

Location Selby

Value £170,000,000

In 2012/2013, Booth King provided structural engineers and technicians to steel contractor William Hare Ltd. to assist them with the design of steelwork for the construction of the Biomass EcoStore (circa £170M) at Drax Power Station.

Our involvement included the design of highly efficient trussed, steel support gantries up to 180m in length allowing the movement of biomass around site; supporting steel ‘trestle’ towers up to 55m high; a series of ‘transfer towers’ where biomass products are sorted and transferred to either storage or on to power generation; 4 storey high steel ‘Head House’ bridging structures sitting on top of the storage silos; the steel framed, concrete decked ‘sampling building’ and a drive tower to power the conveyors within the gantries.

Since the original contract we continue to provide support to Drax Power Ltd. providing structural advice on alterations and safety upgrades within the EcoStore zone, but also the wider site.

Drax has continued to commit development expenditure into its Drax Power Station BECCS project, including continuing a Front-End Engineering Design study. The project would see the addition of post combustion Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) to two of the existing biomass units, using sustainable biomass and adapting a proven technical solution from Drax technology partner, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. By 2030 the project aims to permanently remove 8Mt of CO2 per annum from the atmosphere. In doing so Drax Power Station aims to become one of the largest sources of Carbon Dioxide Removals (negative CO2) in the world.

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